Not Of This World, But For This World (RJS)

In John 18:36 Jesus responds to Pilate’s questioning “are you the king of the Jews?” saying “My kingdom is not from this world. … But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”(NRSV) Many English translations have of of this world, and some have both of this world and of here, leading the impression [Read More...]

Down to Earth Hope (RJS)

Romans 8:18-22 (NIV) I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the [Read More...]

Has the Church been Secularized?

There is a theory, called the secularization theory, that says the church has gradually surrendered its heart and limbs to the public, to the state, to culture. The theory contends that modernity’s marches of rationality and science inevitably secularizes society and therefore the church falls in line. In an informed note in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s  Ethics [Read More...]

The Gospel and Global Warming (RJS)

Jonathan Moo and Robert White in Let Creation Rejoice: Biblical Hope and Ecological Crisis turn from the evidence for environmental crisis and global warming to a Christian response.  There are plenty of secular people who think that the Christian response (at least the evangelical response) is consumption and destruction. Others simply think we have our [Read More...]

Humans Are Changing the Global Climate. (RJS)

Jonathan Moo and Robert White in Let Creation Rejoice: Biblical Hope and Ecological Crisis are unequivocal about this: human activity is changing the global climate, period. They find the evidence to be undeniable and inescapable. They are also quite clear that they view this to be a serious problem that will harm humans, especially the [Read More...]

Oh The Destruction We Can Wreak (RJS)

Last month I introduced a new book Let Creation Rejoice: Biblical Hope and Ecological Crisis by Jonathan Moo and Robert White (courtesy of the publisher, IVP Academic) and promised a series of posts. Jonathan Moo is an assistant professor of biblical studies at Whitworth University in Spokane Washington. According to his biography at the Faraday [Read More...]

Immigration Crisis and the Church (Allan Bevere)

Allan Bevere, a friend and pastor in Ohio, offers a fresh alternative to political wrangling. What is the church to do?, he asks. In other words, the church that exists in America needs to say to the powers that be in Washington DC, you would be a better and more just nation if you found [Read More...]

Jimmy Carter: Progressive Evangelical President

Mention former President Jimmy Carter and one is likely to get a response, and the most common is perhaps that Carter became more significant after his time at the White House that during his presidency. He is the only President in American history who used his presidency as a stepping stone to a more expansive career. Future [Read More...]

Religious Groups on Campus can’t be So Religious

Michael Paulson: Maybe this kind of legal decision and policy formation will lead more and more students to local churches where Bible studies and small groups can flourish without interference. BRUNSWICK, Me. — For 40 years, evangelicals at Bowdoin College have gathered periodically to study the Bible together, to pray and to worship. They are [Read More...]

Silencing Thomas

New Yorker: If this is accurate, it is unacceptable. Is Toobin fair? As of this Saturday, February 22nd, eight years will have passed since Clarence Thomas last asked a question during a Supreme Court oral argument. His behavior on the bench has gone from curious to bizarre to downright embarrassing, for himself and for the [Read More...]


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